NCRC Applauds Final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

Washington, DC – Today, in reaction to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s release of the final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, NCRC President and CEO John Taylor made the following statement:

“We are very pleased that HUD has issued a final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. This rule is a huge step forward for fair housing and desegregation in this country. We applaud HUD and the Obama Administration for taking these proactive steps to provide state and local governments with tools and data to create integrated communities and meet their fair housing obligations. We believe that the rule will result in a sea change, and lead to the integration of many communities that are largely segregated today. The rule encourages the deployment of public and private funds to increase everyone’s access to good schools, jobs, healthcare and housing.”

“The antidote to racism is the integration of communities. When we know each other and see each other on a daily basis, we better understand and relate to each other. That is what Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is all about.”

In 2013, NCRC applauded the release of HUD’s proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.

On June 25, NCRC applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project upholding the use of disparate impact analysis in the enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.

About the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC):

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services, including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development and vibrant communities for America’s working families.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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